Maybe you think you’re doing your boss a favor by skipping that vacation… or just “forgetting” to use those comp days and sick days that seem to be always adding up. Think again!

Research shows that taking vacations makes us happier, healthier, and more productive, according to Womenshealth.com, the leading resource for women’s health news.

Dr. Leigh Vinocur, a board certified emergency physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, stated that vacations are linked to our health, happiness and productivity.

From high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease, what might be a prescription to treat this long list of ailments? Dr. Vinocur says, “Take regular vacations.”

Women’s Health lists some of the benefits to planning (and enjoying) more time off this year, advising us that regular vacations can prevent a heart attack, make you smarter, improve your sex drive and make you thinner.

Vacation Is Just What the Doctor Ordered, According To WomensHealth.com2